Minutes from District Day of Planning
District Chairman Liam Murphy has posted the minutes
from our District Day of Planning, which was held on January 28th.
Download the minutes
in PDF format here.
the Taughannock District Virtual Patch Collection!
Lots of Scouts and Scouters collect patches - your
Webmaster is no exception.
So, I've started to put up a Virtual Patch Collection
for the district.
It's a work in progress, and will by no means be exhaustive, but it's
what I've got.
Click here to get
started - or look for the "Virtual Patch Collection"
button on the left.
- Mike Brown
Upcoming Changes to BSA Training
BSA National HQ has announced the following
changes to training, which will be released this year:
- BALOO/OWL -
being combined and broken into two parts. Both parts must be
completed to be considered trained. RELEASE target is end of
2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)
- Part 1
- On line
- Part 2
- in the field
- Boy Scout
Leader Position Specific Training - on line training is going to be
19 modules (don't groan). RELEASE target is end of 1st Quarter
(end March timeframe)
Organization Representative (COR) - on line training to be position
trained (Fast Start is already on line). RELEASE target is end
of 2nd Quarter (end June timeframe)
Basic - on line training. RELEASE target is end of 2nd Quarter
(end June timeframe)
The International Department manages the requirements
for two awards, the International Spirit Award and the International
To introduce your Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout,
Venturer, or Scouter to international Scouting, we recommend the
International Spirit Award. Earning this award is a great way to gain
knowledge about international Scouting while developing appreciation and
awareness of different cultures and countries. For the list of
requirements and the application, please visit http://www.scouting.org/International/recognitions.aspx.
The International Scouters’ Award encourages Scouters
to broaden their involvement through participation in world Scouting
activities. It also recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world
Scouting. For more information and the application, please visit http://www.scouting.org/International/InformationSheets/22-721.aspx.
Updated District Calendar is Available
Among other things accomplished at the District Planning
Day on January 28th, the District has updated the District
Calendar. An updated calendar has been
posted to this website, providing dates for District activities and
other events through the end of December 2018. Note that the dates in
2018 should be considered tentative until the Council has confirmed them
at their annual planning conference next month.
No major changes were made to dates in 2017 - a few new
items were added, and some details added to previously scheduled
The Advancement Committee has revised the schedule of
training offered by the Committee at Roundtables, moving a couple of
scheduled Life to Eagle sessions for Boy Scouts, and adding Board of
Review training for Scout/Venture leaders at September Roundtables in
2017 and 2018. A training session on Eagle Boards will be held at
an Advancement Committee meeting each year as well.
Venture Crews - Crew 1001
to a Crews-In at Greek Peak
See the Activity Page
Taughannock District Scouts
Explored the South Seas
Winter Camporee - January 21, 2017
See more pictures on the Winter Camporee 2017 page!
Baden-Powell Council Woodbadge Course
August 18-20, 2017 Camp Barton
September 8-10, 2017 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation
Woodbadge is the premier BSA training for adult
leaders. Have you been to Woodbage yet?
See the Training Page
Does your Unit have a website or Facebook group/page?
If so, check out the Cub, Scout
or Venture/Explorer web page on this site, and
if there's no link to your page please
send our webmaster an e-mail so we can let the world know. The
more links to your social media, the more likely it is that you'll pick
up new members from it!
Opportunities for District Units at Cornell and
Hockey and Basketball Games
Cornell Athletics is offering three upcoming opportunities for Scouts
to attend a sporting event at the University. The first two
opportunities will be coming up on January 20th and 21st as the Cornell
Hockey team battles Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Tickets are $10 for
Scouts in uniform and can be obtained by calling the box office at at
The next opportunity will be on Friday, February 24th as Cornell
Basketball battles Penn at 7:00pm. Scouts in Uniform get in for free,
and families of Scouts can get in for a $5 general admission fee. Scouts
in attendance will be recognized during a timeout.
Ithaca college invites all Scouts to a Basketball Doubleheader on
Thursday, February 16th with a Women’s game at 6pm, and the Men’s
game at 8pm. Scouts will be able to have a “scrimmage” on the court
during halftime of the women’s game. For more information or to let us
know you are coming contact Brandon at 201-566-7027. Tickets are no
University of Scouting
The Catalog and Registration Forms for this wonderful
day of training are now available on our Training
Page. Printed catalogs were handed out at the January Roundable and
can be obtained from the Council Office, or from our DE.
new district Coat of Arms...
Our new District Chair, Liam Murphy, has created a Coat
of Arms for the Taughannock District. In keeping with his expertise in
Celtic Heraldry, the new arms have a shield quartered in red and white.
Clockwise from the upper left, the symbols are the Scout fleur-de-lis, a
dragon for Cortland County (SUNY's mascot), a Mallard Duck (of course),
and a bear for Tompkins County (Cornell's mascot). The shield is
supported by a Thumb Stick (traditional Scout walking stick), which also
hangs a Scout campaign hat. Under the shield, there's a scroll bearing
the Taughannock District Latin Motto - "Quantem autem quisque
non lactaverunt", a sentiment we can all support...
Well Done Liam!
You can download the Coat of Arms here: Large
or Medium Size
to Jim Lupfer, Baden-Powell Council's new Program Director
Welcome to our new Program Director Jim Lupfer. Jim is
joining us from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council where he served as
a District Director. Prior to that Jim was employed by the
Westchester-Putnam Council in Hawthrone, NY. Jim has acted as the Staff
advisor for the last 3 Jamborees, and has experience with Day Camps and
Woodbadges as well.
Welcome to the Baden-Powell Council Jim!
Baden-Powell Council Recognition Dinner
Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 6:00–9:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge
704 River Rd, Binghamton NY 13905
Please join us as we celebrate all of our amazing volunteers for all
they do to make our scouting program a success! The Council Recognition
Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 6pm at The First
United Methodist Church on River Rd. in Chenango Bridge.
Spend some time socializing with your fellow friends and scouters,
while enjoying an evening of refreshments and delicious catered dinner
for just $15.00 Please see the attached flyer for additional details.
Nominations are still being accepted until January 10th for the
following prestige awards:
a flyer here (PDF)
If you know of an amazing volunteer that may not qualify for the
above awards, but has gone above and beyond for the scouting program
please reach out to Cub Scout Associate, Stacy
Happy Holidays from,
Baden-Powell Council Recognition Committee
Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED
March 3-5, 2017
Freeville United Methodist Church
See Training Page for
Cub Scout Advancement Changes
Effective December 1st
National has announced major changes to the Cub
Advancment requirements - see the
Advancement page for details
Ship 25's newest Quartermaster
Ship 25 is pleased to announce that Callie Kaplan-Wright
has passed her Board of Review for the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
She is pictured here with her father and Troop 13 Scoutmaster, Bill
Wright. Callie is known also as a Camp Barton staff member and served as
the 2016 Helmsman coordinator at Camp.
She is currently enrolled at SUNY Geneseo and looks
forward to continuing on with Ship 25 and will be holding the position
For more information on Ship 25, visit their website
2017 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available
You can find them on the Advancement
and Recognition page
Sea to Mountain Top: Ship 25's Summertime Adventure
From the ocean to the highest mountain peak in the northeast, Ship
25-NY enjoyed some true high adventure this summer. Twenty Two people
traveled over an 8 day period enjoying adventures across Maine and New
Read more on the District
Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport
If you know anyone
between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her
to come to our meeting and join Post 62!
You can find more
information and our annual calendar on our web
page, and also on our Facebook
page. For ongoing information, join our Google
Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail
to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.
Merit Badge Counselors: Renew Online
In late November, all Merit Badge Counselors received a
letter from the Baden-Powell Council asking them to re-register.
The letter said that counselors could re-register through the Council
website. Counselors can also re-register through this website.
See the Advancement Page for
instructions and a form.
Are you getting The Link?
The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a
bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link.
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign
up through the Council to get on the mailing list!
BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and
Scoutingwire (not to be confused
with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/
and you can subscribe to regular updates.
Scouters in Taughannock
District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a
great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one
of the first articles.
You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA
BSA National's Recruiting
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA
Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts
Peer-to-Peer Business Cards
The best recruiters for your unit are your present
members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a
look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National
has provided forms for Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can
use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or
Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain
8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand
them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to
Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the
back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a
specific event PDF
Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the
back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a
specific event PDF
Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards -
with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF
Ithaca School District Flyer Policy
All Ithaca units who are considering distributing
flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School
District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
Advancement and Recognition
- Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective
December 1, 2016. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Scout Advancement News:
- 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements became
mandatory as of January 1st, 2017! Scouts must now switch
to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement
page for more information.
- Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several
roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement
Page for details.
- Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement
- BSA introduced a number of new merit badges: watch our Advancement
page for details as they become available!
Sustainability - released July 15, 2013
Programming - released July 15, 2013
Digital Technology (replacing Computers) -
released April 16, 2014
Animation - released May, 2015
Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - released February
Activity and Program News
See the Activities Page or
Camping Page for
information on upcoming events.
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for
Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
(Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub
Long hours, no pay, great job
satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week),
so act NOW! Contact the District
Executive or District
Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Former B-P Council President Mark Kreibel
is 2016 Silver Buffalo recipient
2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose
contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of
the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to
These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious
list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926.
The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert
Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt
Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics
(Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).
And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose
impact you can see and feel.
The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended
from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by
their commitment to the Scouting movement.
As a Scouting volunteer for three decades, Mark Kriebel has lived out
his belief that a single individual can change the life of a youth
forever. In fact, he has changed the lives of thousands of youth, most
of whom will never know his name.
Kriebel’s most visible service has involved jamborees. He has been
a national jamboree subcamp, base camp and regional chief and twice
served as a world jamboree regional chairman. In preparing for the first
world jamboree after the 9/11 attacks, he worked tirelessly to assure
parents that their children would be safe halfway around the world.
As the inaugural chairman of the BSA’s New Unit and Retention
Committee, Kriebel oversaw development of the Unit Performance Guide,
which unit-serving professionals across the country use to extend and
strengthen the Scouting program.
Kriebel has also served as a regional vice president, area president
and vice president, and council president and vice president. He has
taught at the Philmont Training Center seven times and has served on
countless camp visitation teams.
A lifelong Rotarian, Kriebel has spoken to clubs on six continents
about how service to youth is critical to Rotary’s success. He is the
incoming president of the International Fellowship of Scouting
Rotarians, which promotes cooperation between Rotary and Scouting.
A Distinguished Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil member,
Kriebel has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is
a James E. West Fellow.
Kriebel is the president of Arranged Sound Inc. He holds a bachelor
degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Kriebel and his wife, Pat, have two children (including one Eagle
Scout) and two grandchildren.
See the Baden-Powell
BSA Announces two new members of the National Key 3
At the Annual Meeting in May, the Boy Scouts of
America announced that new a National President and National
Commissioner would be taking office.
BSA's 36th national president.
Stephenson, in the BSA’s official
release about his election, called the BSA “one of the
best character-building and leadership development organizations
in the world.”
“The values Scouts learn as young men — integrity,
selflessness and self-reliance — are fundamental to a
strong, healthy society,” he said. “It’s no surprise that
so many of America’s leaders, in every field of endeavor and
from all walks of life, have Scouting in their backgrounds.”
Stephenson, in his volunteer role, joins Chief Scout
Executive Mike Surbaugh and National Commissioner
Charles Dahlquist to form the National
Stephenson takes the leadership baton from former defense
Robert M. Gates and will serve two consecutive one-year
terms. Stephenson has been a friend of Scouting and pivotal
BSA leader for some time. He joined the BSA National Executive
Board in 2005 and became a member of the executive committee in
He served as chairman of the 2013 National Jamboree — the
first at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Surbaugh thanked Gates for his leadership, saying “we will
remain eternally grateful to you and your unwavering leadership
and commitment to Scouting.”
Surbaugh then expressed his enthusiasm for working
with Stephenson over the next two years.
“Moving forward in our mission to serve America’s youth
by teaching them leadership and developing their character, Mr.
Stephenson is a shining example,” Surbaugh said. “As the
leader of one of the world’s most innovative communications
companies, Mr. Stephenson will help us fuel our effort to bring
fresh, relevant and high impact experiences to youth and
Charles W. Dahlquist
BSA's Tenth National Commissioner
The transition of a National Commissioner is rarer than that
of National President and Chief Scout Executive. In fact, Mr.
Dahlquist becomes only the tenth National Commissioner in the
movement’s history, following Tico Perez, who previously
served in the role for eight years. In this volunteer role, Mr.
Dahlquist will lead efforts to help chartered organizations and
BSA leadership achieve the aims of Scouting to benefit 2.3
million youth members the BSA serves today.
A member of the National Executive Board from 2004 – 2009
and again commencing in 2015, Mr. Dahlquist began his adult
service to the BSA in 1975 when he became a Unit Commissioner in
the National Capitol Area Council. He was also a Cub Scout, Boy
Scout and Explorer in Boise, Idaho as a youth. Dahlquist is a
former Scoutmaster and Explorer adviser and has also served as
vice president of Exploring and as Council President of the
Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. He has previously received
the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards as
well as the National Venturing Service Award and served as
assistant head chaplain and head chaplain for the 2005 and 2010
National Scout Jamborees, respectively; as well as the
contingent chair for the BSA’s participation in the 2015 World
Scout Jamboree in Japan.
“Scouting, in all its programs, is more relevant and needed
by youth and families today than ever before to help develop
character and leadership that will empower this generation to
face the challenges of the future.” said Mr. Dahlquist. “I
am honored to build on the tradition that Tico Perez established
before me to serve as the National Commissioner to continue to
strengthen the bonds between the Boy Scouts of America and our
charter organizations that deliver the program in communities
A Utah native, attorney and civic and community leader,
Charles Dahlquist has also served as Young Men General President
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chair of the
General Church Scouting Committee from 2004-2009 and served as a
Mission President for the LDS Church in the Germany Hamburg
“The energy that Charles Dahlquist brings as the incoming
National Commissioner uniquely reflects his deep understanding
of the instrumental role our many valued charter partners play
in bringing Scouting to life for youth across America,” said
Mike Surbaugh, BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We look forward
to the powerful impact we know Charles will have in this role as
he further grows and strengthens relationships with our charter
Mr. Dahlquist assumes the position as national commissioner
What's New? Updated Content on the
January 9, 2016
March 23: Note on updated requirements for
Cooking Merit Badge
April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook
May 22: Added photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 2: Added information on new Field Director,
Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel, Field Director Frankie Sears, link
to online renewal for Merit
Badge Counselors; also added Dave Gross' photos from Fly-o-Ree
June 16: Added photos from Ship 25's NYGARD
Sept 10: Added photos from Cub
Sept 14: Added information about the Fall
Camporee - Added page for Post 62
October 18th - Added photos and story about Ship
25's summer activities to Scrapbook
November 18th - New content on Advancement
Page: Merit Badge Counselor list updated - added links
to 2017 Journey to Excellence worksheets
January 4, 2017 - Training Page updated
January 8th - note on new program director added
January 14th: Updated unit contact information
and added links to Facebook Pages and groups to Cub,
Scout and Venture/Explorer
web pages and Forms and Resources page;
added lists of District Committees to Contact
page; Updated information for Winter Camporee on Activity
January 22nd: District
Scrapbook for 2015-16 split off to new page,- Pictures from
the Winter Camporee and
2017 Council Patch added to the Council
January 29th: Updated
District Calendar - added dates and updated locations for
Cub Camps on the Camping Page
February 11th - Added note on updated training,
started to post the Virtual